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The Little Known Health Benefits of Drinking Rum

Updated on December 7, 2015
Curacao Liquor Distillery
Curacao Liquor Distillery | Source

Drinking rum is not only a wonderful treat but it is also good for you. The benefits of rum include lowering blood pressure and relieving stress.

Rum is one of many alcoholic drinks available and like all alcoholic drinks, rum is seen in many cases as a cause of the many ills in society. We hear about drunk drivers causing the deaths of thousands. Alcoholism is a growing problem leading to deaths, broken families and relationships and illnesses. Understanding that alcohol can be potent and drinking in moderation is the first step to a healthy relationship with the alcohol beverage called rum.

Rum is made through a fermentation process in many factories around the world from sugar cane juce or a by product of sugar cane called molasses. Yeast and water added to the molasses or cane juice begins the fermentation process. If you visited any Caribbean countries you probably took a tour of a rum distillery and sampled the various types of rum produced by the factory.The Caribbean and Latin America are among the largest rum producing countries in the world.

In 1904, the concept of "healthy drinking" began to take roots. An article in the 1904 Journal of the American Medical Association stated that alcohol could prevent heart disease. Several studies have been done over the years. A Danish study also found that a person's chance of dying from heart disease, decreased by 50 percent with moderate drinking and exercise.

When rum is taken in moderation, not only would you enjoy the experience much more than if you drank an excessive amount but you would reap the extensive health benefits associated with rum. According to David J Hansen PHD, several studies tracking participants for several years found that moderate drinkers had a 38% lower risk of kidney cancer than those who didn't drink at all.The risk dropped to 66 % for women over 60 years. Studies also show benefits in the prevention of non Hodgkin lymphoma and thyroid cancer.

Longevity is often cited as a benefit to drinking rum or other alcohol beverages in moderation. A lower risk of coronary disease is part of the equation. Studies point to a lower incidence of coronary disease among drinkers than among non drinkers. Anxiety reduction and a reduced risk factor for Alzheimer and Dementia have all been cited as benefits you can enjoy in a glass of alcoholic drinks, including rum.

The health benefits of drinking rum is, however, fraught with controversies because of the medical and social consequences of excessive alcohol use. There are also medical studies that suggest that alcohol can be harmful rather than helpful in certain types of cancers; one of which is breast cancer. It is important, therefore to understand that moderation is the key in order to see any health benefits from even so called healthy foods.

The recommended alcohol intake is 1.5 ounce. A standard alcohol drink is as follows:

Wine 5 ounce glass

Beer - 12 ounce bottle or can

Shot of rum 1.5 ounce

It is also recommended by some medical groups that if you never drank, there is no need to start now. However, one can't deny the numerous studies that suggest a glass of rum in moderation can help the drinker live longer than the abstainer.

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      Jeanne King 8 months ago

      I take some prescription pills and they all warn against consuming any kind of alcohol while taking them.

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      dan 9 months ago

      I date my bottles of rum with a permanent marker and have shown my sons the dates of the bottles I replace. Most frequent was 14 month old least frequent was about 5 years. My current bottle was purchased in 2014.

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      s.kumar 18 months ago

      Drink sensibly and live sensibly....luv all

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      Kaitlin 21 months ago

      Wow! This was so interesting and informative. I loved this article so much that I linked to it in my post about cocktails and spirits! Check it out:

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Because of medicines I take I cannot drink but I do love rum flavor and I bake a cake with it once a year and now and then in a juice glass of eggnog I put about a tablespoon so that I barely taste it but not enough to hurt me. Great to know it is good for us.

    • profile image 2 years ago

      rum is healthy with hot water.but should take moderate amount

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      Kartikkumar 2 years ago

      Yes I do agree moderate drinkers have no health problems at all. They got very good resistance power. I feel very cool and calm with once in a week dose of 90.

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      georgescifo 2 years ago from India mentioned in the hub, drinking rum in moderation is good for health, but what happens most of the time is that people start with moderate drinking and ends up with excessive drinking habits, creating health issues in the long run..

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      chellapandi 4 years ago

      i feel better in the health and mind freshness .

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      LoveRum 4 years ago

      My daily drink is a spin off of the good ol' grog recipe.. I use rum, honey, a good amount of cinnamon and hot water! So that's a triple dose of health benefits!

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      John Lucky 4 years ago

      Rum is helping to get out dust from our body ...

      Take it but underlimit...

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      lovedee 4 years ago

      im from Curacao, and im very proud

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      Joan King 5 years ago

      CyberShelley Wouldn't that be a tragedy? Thanks for the comment.

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      Shelley Watson 5 years ago

      I am so glad it helps to avoid Alzheimers, it would be dreadful to forget where you put your drink! Up, interesting and useful.

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      Joan King 5 years ago

      But it sure is nice to know you can enjoy some rum in moderation and improve your health at the same time. Thanks for visiting shin_rocka04

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      shin_rocka04 5 years ago from Maryland

      This is an interesting alternative from the norm. Who knew that there are some health benefits to rum? I agree with everyone. A lot of people over consume alcohol. Moderation is the key, indeed.

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      Joan King 5 years ago

      You are correct. Our society does have a problem with control therefore it is with caution that I write this article about the benefits of alcohol when there are so many negative aspects associated with over consumption. Thanks for your comment

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      Don A. Hoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      "All things in moderation," as the saying goes. Our society has an all or nothing tendency I think. I agree with you that moderate amounts of alcohol are probably beneficial where excess is harmful.

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      Joan King 5 years ago

      That is so true and the reason why even though there are health benefits, they are not touted for fear of alcohol abuse.

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      Marvin Parke 5 years ago from Jamaica

      Rum in moderation is very different from drinking it excessively. In moderation it is a relaxant, In excess it is a stimulant.